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Stirred But Not Shaken Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Monday, 01 December 2014 11:01

Stirred But Not Shaken

I have been working in both the church and community for 30 years, but over recent months I have come to a disturbing realisation. That is, there is a dramatic rise in the number of people struggling with mental health issues of one kind or another. This ranges from too much stress to attempted suicide, and includes depression, anxiety, panic, overeating,undereating, withdrawal, schizophrenia, overworking, drinking too much alcohol, taking drugs, outbursts of anger or violence, and on and on and on. I've never ever seen it as bad as this. The Mental Health Foundation says "About a quarter of the population will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year, with mixed anxiety and depression the most common mental disorder in Britain". What in the world is going on?

In 2 Corinthians chapter 4, Paul outlines the mental pressure that was put upon him by the trials of life, but says in verses 8-10: "we are hard pressed on every side but not crushed, perplexed but not in despair, persecuted but not abandoned, struck down but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body". You see, as Christians we can get through the trials because we have a saviour who has suffered and experienced death on our behalf, and offers us His life instead. As Christians we are stirred but not shaken because we have a solid foundation in Jesus Christ. Whew! And hallelujah!

 
Uncomfortable Truth Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 12:02

Uncomfortable Truth

One day a man was walking purposefully along a road, determined to carry out his mission. He knew what he was going to do was right, and that God himself would be pleased. He was going to imprison some fanatics who followed a false god and were leading many astray with their teaching. Unfortunately on the way he met God who told him that he was completely wrong, and that these people were following the true God. The man became physically blind at once, an outward symbol of his inward blindness. And only when he accepted the truth that it was he himself who was wrong and not the people he was going to imprison, did he receive his physical sight back again.

Hmmmmm interesting. It makes me wonder if I could be similarly wrong about some things in life? Could I possibly be just as blind, thinking that what I am doing is right when in fact it is wrong? The problem with blind spots, particularly our own, is that we can't see them but others can. Would you be brave enough to ask someone that knows you and cares for you, to tell you what character traits or behaviours or beliefs you have that are unhelpful or plain wrong? We can ask God too, but maybe the way God will reply is through others?

Uncomfortable truth.

 
Knowing Me Knowing You Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Tuesday, 10 June 2014 12:18

Somebody just sent me this.......

"Only in the context of relationships can the deepest longings of our inner being be met. To know and be known by someone arouses something within us that sustains us in the darkest and most difficult situations. We all need to be close to someone, so never apologise for the longing that you find within you for a relationship. It was built into you by the creator and is therefore part of a divine design"

 
God Is Drawn To Wholeheartedness Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Thursday, 05 June 2014 14:42

God Is Drawn To Wholeheartedness

I love watching and playing sport, and for sport lovers this summer is wonderful with the FIFA World Cup, Wimbledon, the Tour De France and The Commonwealth Games as the stand out events. The drama, the twists and turns and the hope of your favourite winning, makes sport compelling to watch. But most of all it's the commitment and wholeheartedness of the competitors that thrills me. I'm inspired by the dedication it takes to become the best you can be. In fact I'm inspired by that same wholeheartedness in any discipline of life.

And the reason that this inspires me is because this is what each of us is created to be. Wholehearted! Not half hearted, or down hearted, or lacking any heart at all. We are created in the image of God, and He is always wholehearted in everything He does. So when we only give a half hearted effort we are not at peace in ourselves, and rightly so. So whatever you do in life, do it with all your heart and you will be at peace. That includes doing your homework, making the dinner, worshipping God, giving your financial offering to God, praying, telling other people about Jesus.

Do you find it difficult to connect with God?..... Your prayer life gone stale?........

"You will seek me and you will find me, when you seek me with ALL your heart" (Jeremiah 29 v 13)

 
Staying True To Yourself Print E-mail
Written by Graham Currie   
Thursday, 08 May 2014 13:13

Staying True To Yourself

I have just discovered something quite remarkable; I am the 77,319,448,332nd person to be born on the earth! Check out where you fit in on the BBC website (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-15391515). And though I am one of many I am utterly unique. And so are you. Each of us is made in the image of God and yet each of us is different from anyone else. This means I have a particular personality, set of gifts, interests, abilities, etc. And to honour God's decision to make me in this way, I should be no more and no less than whom God has made me to be. I should speak with the voice which God has given me, use my talents to their fullest, and not let anyone or anything dissuade me. This is difficult because society likes conformity, or as the Bible says it "squeezes us into its mould". But how can you conform if you are a Pablo Picasso, or a Steve Jobs, or simply you? You must determine to be whom God has made you to be, whether the world accepts you or not, and walk the narrow path of obedience to your calling. Make your unique contribution to the world and honour God by doing this, and then you will be able to say like the Apostle Paul "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith."

 
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